‘A Feast of British Folk’ brings taste of music and dance to Cambridge Aug. 3

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July 19, 2019

CAMBRIDGE – The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music may be no more, but the organization that created it remains active. Mill Race Folk Society volunteers continue to organize small-scale musical events throughout, after this year cancelling the popular – but overwhelming to organize – annual Mill Race festival held annually on the August […]


ARE OUR MUNICIPAL COUNCILLORS A LITTLE TOO FULL OF THEMSELVES?

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July 6, 2019

In The Alternative Are They a Little Too Willing To Impose Sanctions That They Do Not Have The Authority To Do? Today`s Waterloo Region Record carries the following article tiled `Fake snake gets Cambridge man banned`. Allan Dettweiler, a man in his 70s using a walker has been banned from Cambridge city hall and all […]


GROUNDWATER, SURFACE WATER, AND INDOOR AIR ALL IMPACTED BY TCE DISCHARGES TO THE GROUND IN CAMBRIDGE

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July 3, 2019

Trichloroethylene (TCE) stalked its victims in the Bishop St. community of Cambridge for decades. The TCE as well as other solvents including trichloroethane (TCA) were discharged improperly and most likely illegally at two industrial operations (Northstar Aerospace & Rozell) on Bishop St. TCE is a liquid however it does not fully dissolve in groundwater. Rather […]


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THE HISTORY OF MANUFACTURING ON SHANLEY ST. IN KITCHENER

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July 1, 2019

Frankly I was shocked. While not a large industrial site by any means, the length, variety, and duration of manufacturing in the midst of a residential area was very surprising to me. Rych Mills, historian, wrote an article titled “100 years of manufacturing on Shanley Street”. It was published in the Waterloo Region Record two […]


The ‘Multiplex’

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June 23, 2019

Mayor McGarry, Members of Council, City Staff, Project Management Office, Once again the City is at a cross roads and the taxpayer has no input because it looks like the choice has already been made by council members and the vote on the location is just another ‘dog and pony’ show.  I say this because […]


‘The Double Standard at Cambridge City Council’

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June 6, 2019

ATTENTION: DONNA REID in the case against Councillor Jan Leggitt I was at the Special Council Meeting (June 4, 2019) regarding the conclusions of the Integrity Commissioner report and his findings. Donna, if I can quote you from last evening when you spoke around the horseshoe to fellow Councillors, Staff, Mayor McGarry and the public […]


Public Information Meeting April 3, 2019

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April 9, 2019

On April 3, as you are aware, residents of Cambridge attended another Public Information Centre in the Bowman Room at City Hall. As you are also aware, I was present and listened to the presentation and was also able to ask questions of Council Members as well as City Staff. I came home from the […]


WOWSER: WRPS ADMITS GUILT BUT WANTS “HOME COOKING” TO DECIDE OUTCOME

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April 5, 2019

Today’s Waterloo Region Record carries the following front page headline “Lawyer asks judges not to open “floodgates“”. This court appearance was yesterday at the Ontario Court of Appeal. The lawyer is none other than James Bennett and first of all he did get some bad press a while back by speaking derogatorily in regards to […]


MILL CREEK (CAMBRIDGE) FUTURE UNCERTAIN

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March 24, 2019

One spill. That may be all it takes to finish off one of the last cold water creeks in southern Ontario. Today’s Record carries the following article titled “Fuel spill pushes Mill Creek “to the edge,” residents worry.” Mill Creek winds through Puslinch Township and Cambridge before joining the Grand River. Ministry of Environment (MOE) […]


WSIB CORRUPTION

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March 23, 2019

Well let’s be a little more specific. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) used to be known as the Workman’s Compensation Board (WCB). Whether an independent board or not I suspect that they are still under some sort of observation or supervision from the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Similarly the Ministry of Labour are […]


Stop the Litigation of Whistleblowers

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March 22, 2019

PLEASE CLICK ON LINK TO READ KELLY’S STORY http://www.ottawalife.com/article/the-cancer-that-is-killing-police-officers?set_lang=en Stop the Litigation of Whistleblowers I gave up my job as a police officer, my salary, and still the police service is coming after me for speaking up about what goes on inside a police service.  I never agreed to keep silent about my experiences working […]


The Cancer that is Killing Police Officers

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February 24, 2019

Last week, I escorted my daughter out of Sick Kids at McMaster in a wheelchair after having a tumour removed from her cheek. While waiting for our ride, my phone alerted me to an email from the Superior Court of Justice; Justice Doi had made his decision about my pending lawsuit against my former employer, […]


JUSTICE SYSTEM BULLIES THRIVE IN THE PLAYGROUND FOR THE RICH

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February 22, 2019

What an exquisite deal. Regional politicians are in charge of several appointments to the Waterloo Region Police Services Board (WRAP). Same politicians decide who the regional politicians are who will sit on this Board. Regional councillor Tom Galloway has been the Chair of the WRPB for many years. Yes the province have a couple of […]


AN ABUSE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY – SLAPP SUITS BY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

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February 5, 2019

The Waterloo Region District School Board has done it. Likely at least one of our municipalities have tried it. Now the Waterloo Region Police Board are doing it. A class action lawsuit was filed against them a couple of years back regarding their treatment of female police officers. The blue wall really is only about […]


When you’re an outspoken critic of the police, they want to shut you up.

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February 3, 2019

2018 was a quiet year for me, and this is why.  In June, I was served with a lawsuit filed at the Human Rights Tribunal by the Waterloo Regional Police Service.  They alleged that I violated the terms of my resignation agreement, despite me having refused to sign a non-disclosure clause (a gag order).  Because […]


We’re Celebrating 10 Years.. Thank you Cambridge

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December 13, 2018

With 10 years under my belt…I had given serious consideration to closing down this site.  With finally getting a legal Mayor in our City… I thought I no longer needed to keep this blog going..  With much appreciation, my many dedicated readers convinced me to stay on. So here is the new plan going forward. […]


BISHOP ST. (Cambridge) CONTAMINATION AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUES

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August 9, 2018

Tracy Hipel a candidate in the upcoming municipal elections in Cambridge has just had a victory in his appeal of the assessment of his property for property tax purposes. All parties agreed that the initial assessment was reasonable under ordinary circumstances and that these however were not ordinary circumstances. The home in question is squarely […]


Unsung HEROES AMONGST US.. Tommy and Lucy Vann..

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December 22, 2017

I might get in trouble here for posting this…(by Tommy), as he never boasts to anyone about his and Lucy’s huge hearts.. … But I have to tell you about my dear friends… TOMMY AND LUCY VANN.. I have had the pleasure of knowing these two beautiful people for the past 10 years or so. […]


POSSIBLY TRULY CLEVER MUNICIPAL CORRUPTION? ( Cambridge Council?)

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January 4, 2017

Keep in mind the dictionary definition of corruption. It doesn’t have to be brown paper bags full of money changing hands as in the Karl Heinz Screiber / Brian Mulroney style. “Riddled with errors” is also a definition of corruption. I would add that deceit, deception and manipulation of the public for self-serving purposes are […]


REGION OF WATERLOO ANNUAL DRINKING WATER REPORTS – GLYPHOSATE

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April 27, 2015

  On Saturday April 18/15 I posted here that Woolwich Council had stepped up for West Montrose. This was in relation to the wholly inadequate Annual Reports allegedly describing this community’s contaminated raw water. A whole spectrum of issues concerning these Reports were raised by myself at the Woolwich Council meeting held on the Tuesday […]


City councillors legally responsible for clean water under new law ,( from August 2012)

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December 6, 2014

FROM AUGUST 2012 Waterloo Region Record WATERLOO REGION — New safe water legislation means city councillors will be legally responsible for problems with the local water supply. In January, provincial Safe Drinking Water Act legislation goes into place which says city councillors are responsible for providing clean water because they are the owners or operators. […]


Significant Drinking Water Threat Policy Applicability Map

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December 6, 2014

TCE and chlorides are contaminants that can spread through groundwater flow. It already resides within the boundaries of the Protected Drinking water source in West Galt.  The West Galt watershed is listed as being at a “high risk for contamination” by the GRCA. Groundwater contamination by TCE has become an important environmental concern for human exposure. […]


1994 Report: showing evidence of VOC”s ( volatile organic chemicals) including TCE in Cambridge’s drinking water

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December 6, 2014

re posting this..December 6/2014.. documents are old.. but readable.. *** By Debbie Vitez | November 15, 2011 | 4 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge’s Dirty Drinking Water I ran this April 10,2010 Re: Cambridge Drinking water.. Middleton St pumping station Canadian General Tower and Ciba Geigy Below you will find 3 links.. they include. A report by Brenda Thompson ( along […]


our drinking water… this report from 1992 ( posted in 2012)

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December 6, 2014

our drinking water… this report from 1992 By Debbie Duff Vitez | March 8, 2012 | 6 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge’s Dirty Drinking Water Can someone please tell me how many filters have been installed since this time?. AGM.. didn’t you just say, you suspect we will not get any test results on our water, until the Middleton Wellfield which […]


Cambridge, the City of Water Contamination, Region of Water Pollution, What is Trichloroethylene (TCE)? We have plenty of it in Cambridge.

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December 5, 2014

Pioneered by Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain, its development was hailed as an anesthetic revolution. Originally thought to possess less hepatotoxicity than chloroform, and without the unpleasant pungency and flammability of ether, TCE use was nonetheless soon found to have several pitfalls. These included promotion of cardiac arrhythmias, low volatility and high solubility preventing quick anesthetic induction, reactions with soda lime used in carbon […]


Cambridge, the City of Water Contamination, Region of WaterPollution

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December 2, 2014

What is Trichloroethylene (TCE)? We have plenty of it in Cambridge. Pioneered by Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain, its development was hailed as an anesthetic revolution. Originally thought to possess less hepatotoxicity than chloroform, and without the unpleasant pungency and flammability of ether, TCE use was nonetheless soon found to have several pitfalls. These included promotion of cardiac arrhythmias, low volatility and […]


Miracles do happen, here’s an example

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November 6, 2014

Cambridge Times A woman carrying twins 27 years ago was soon to play a part with divine intervention. Her pregnancy test results showed an issue with one of the twins she was carrying. The parents were concerned about the unknowns and the possible loss of one of the twins. They were prepared for the worst […]


BACK TO CAMBRIDGE DRINKING WATER

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April 21, 2014

O.K.  I’ve been back on-line searching for standards and guidelines regarding chlorine and or chloramines in drinking water. There is a hard maximim number for chloramines in your tap water and it is 3.0 mg/litre or 3 parts per million (ppm). A synonym for chloramine concentrations is combined residual. Free chlorine residual refers to chlorine […]


A LITTLE MORE REGARDING CAMBRIDGE WATER

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April 19, 2014

            Back on March 1 and 3 I posted here regarding Cambridge’s Annual (Drinking Water ) Reports. My focus was on industrial contamination, high Method Detection Limits, glaring data gaps including years between published test results and a lack of explanation and transparency for the multitude of drinking wells shut […]


SUMMARY OF CAMBRIDGE DRINKING WATER REPORTS

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March 4, 2014

Five broad points regarding Cambridge’s 2013 Annual Drinking Water Report. 1) Numerous ubiquitous or less so chemical compounds are not being reported. 2) The Region of Waterloo have full knowledge of serious industrial/chemical contamination in multiple Cambridge drinking wells. 3) The Region are “managing” this contamination via a number of methods including dilution/blending, redrilling & […]


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